'Rokeby1'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Rokeby of Mortham, Rokeby of Rokeby, Rokeby of Skyers (Skiers)

VCH reports that "The first mention found of the family of Rokeby in Yorkshire is in 1201, when King John confirmed to Henry son of Hervey lands near the Lune Valley which Robert de Rokeby and Agnes his wife gave to him." VCH also reports that "The Rokebys deserted Rokeby in the time of Edward II, as their house was burned by the Scots; and, building a new seat at Mortham were afterwards often described as of 'Mortham.' " VCH then mentions that a "Henry de Rokeby held a carucate of land in Mortham in 1270" but it is not clear if he was father of ...
Alexander de Rokeby of Rokeby & Mortham, Yorkshire (a 1286-7)
1. Thomas de Rokeby of Mortham, Sheriff of Yorkshire (d 1356, Lord Justice of Ireland)
2. Robert de Rokeby of Rokeby (a 1347)
A. Thomas de Rokeby of Mortham (b c1326, a 1389, Keeper of Edinburgh & Stirling Castles) possibly father of ...
  i. Thomas de Rokeby, Sheriff of Yorkshire (a 1411) possibly father of ...
  a. Robert de Rokeby (d 1434)
  b. Sir Thomas de Rokeby of Rokeby the first mentioned by Clay (and FMG p594)
  m. _ Hotham (dau of Sir John Hotham)
  (1) Ralph Rokeby of Rokeby (d 1480) the first mentioned by Visitation (Yorkshire, 1563-4, 'Rokeby')
  m. _ Burgh (dau of _ Burgh of Burgh Hall)
  (A) Thomas Rokeby of Rokeby & Mortham - continued below
  m. Elizabeth Askewe of Lincolnshire
  (2) Alexander Rokeby of Sandal
  (3) Anne/Agnes Rokeby possibly of this generation
  m. John Wycliffe of Wycliffe (a 1428)



Sir Thomas Rokeby of Rokeby & Mortham (d temp Henry VII who r. 1485-1509) - continued above
m. Elizabeth Askewe of Lincolnshire
1. Ralph Rokeby of Rokeby & Mortham (a 1522) the first mentioned by FMGbly
  m. Margaret Danby (dau/coheir of Robert Danby of Yafforth by Margaret Conyers)
  A. Thomas Rokeby of Mortham (Morton) (b c1501, d before 04.08.1567)
  m. Jane Constable (dau of Robert Constable of Cliffe, sister of Marmaduke)
  i. Christopher Rokeby of Mortham (d 1584)
m. Margaret Lascelles (dau of Sir Roger Lascelles of Brackenburgh)
  a. John Rokeby of Mortham (d 1594)
  m. Anne (or Elizabeth) Thwenge (dau of Marmaduke Thwenge of Heslerton)
  b. Margaret Rokeby
  m1. William Elioth of Midleton (a 1584)
  m2. William Moore
  c.+ other issue - Robert/Roger (dsp), Agnes
  ii. Thomas Rokeby of Hotham (d before 05.11.1591, 3rd son)
  m. Katherine Legh (dau of Laurence Legh or Leigh, Sergeant-at-arms)
  iii. Mary Rokeby
m. _ Headlam
  iv. Jane Rokeby
  m. Francis Wycliffe of Wycliffe (d 1593)
  v. Mabel Rokeby
  m. _ Wycliffe
  vi. Elizabeth Rokeby
  m. Thomas Gower of Stainsby
  vii. Anne Rokeby
  m. John Dodsworth of Thornton Watlas (b c1568, a 1585)
  viii. Margaret Rokeby
  m. Lancelot Lancaster of Sockbridge
  ix.+ other issue - Ralph, Anthony (or Marmaduke)
B. Richard Rokeby of Lincoln (3rd son)
  m. _ Ellerker (dau of Sir William Ellerker of Risby)
  i. Thomas Rokeby (dsp)
  C. Ralph Rokeby of Skiers, Yorkshire (d c1556)
The following is partly supported by Visitation (Foster, Yorkshire, 1584/5, 'Rokeby of Sandall').
  m. (c10.1543) Dorothy Danby (dau of Thomas Danby, son of Sir James)
  i. William Rokeby of Skiers or Skyers (b c1546, d before 29.11.1618)
  m1. (25.05.1567) Mary Rokeby (dau/heir of John Rokeby of Kirk Sandal)
  a. Thomas Rokeby of Skiers or Skyers (b c1570, bur 10.10.1624?)
  m. Mary Cartwright (dau of William Cartwright of Ossington)
(1) Grace Rokeby (bur 04.01.1658)
  m. (14.10.1616) Conyers Darcy, 1st Earl of Holdernesse (bpt 24.01.1598/9, d 14.06.1689)
  b. Ralph Rokeby (Captain, 3rd son)
  m. Priscilla Lyon (dau of Henry Lyon of Roxby, m2. John Bamford/Bamforth of Pule Hilld)
  (1) Mabel Rokeby
  m. Gabriel Saville (Colonel)
  (2) Priscilla Rokeby
m. (c08.1610) Christopher Musgrave (Captain)
  c. Dorothy Rokeby
  m. William Rokeby of Hotham (b c1556)
  d.+ other issue - William, Robert
  m2. (30.08.1585) Catherine Grantham (dau of Vincent Grantham of Lincolnshire)
  ii. Ralph Rokeby of Doncaster (bur 12.03.1594/5, Serjeant at law, antiquary)
  m1. Douglas Ferne (dsp bur 14.11.1586, dau of William Ferne of Doncaster)
  m2. Joan Portington (dau of John Portington of Portington (by Ann, dau of John Laughton "of L"), widow of Michael Warton)
  a. Rosamund Rokeby (bpt 06.01.1591/2, dsp)
  b. Ann Rokeby (bpt 15.07.1593, d 1624)
  m. (16.07.1614) Sir John Hotham of Scarborough
  iii. George Rokeby of Kirksandal (a 1618)
m1. Joan Rokeby (dau of Henry Rokeby of Kirk Sandall)
  a. Katherine Rokeby
  m. (c1614) Richard Cooke
  b.+ other issue - Richard (dsp), Robert, Dorothy, Katherine
  m2. Elizabeth Ferne (widow of Anthony Rothwood)
  g.+ other issue - Phillis, daughter
iv. John Rokeby of Nether Skiers
  m. Margery Westby (dau of Thomas Westby of Ravenfield)
  a. Thomas Rokeby (d 1639?, vicar of Richmond)
  m. ?? (Mrs. Smith of Beverley)
  (1) Sir Thomas Rokeby (Marshall de Camp in France)
  b.+ other issue - Margaret, Faith
  v. Grace Rokeby (dsp)
  m. George Mackworth of Empingham
  vi. Frances Rokeby
m. Rev. John Latham or Lathome
  vii. Jane Rokeby ("had 21 children")
  m. Robert Byard
  viii. Mary Rokeby
  m. William Puleston (Pulleston)
  ix. Margery Rokeby
m. William Headley
  D. Phillis Rokeby (bur 10.05.1576)
  m. John Scrope of Spennithorpe & Hambleden (b before 1498, d before 11.1547)
  E. Jane Rokeby
  m. Roger Tocketts of Tocketts
  E. Catharine Rokeby possibly of this generation (or one later)
  m. Anthony Meynell of Kilvington, Scrooton, Pickhall, etc (d 1576)
  F.+ other issue - John (dsp before 10.12.1573, Vicar General of York), Henry
2. Thomas Rokeby
3. William Rokeby of Marske (d 03.04.1542)
  m. Grace Fitzhenry of Richmondshire (Fitzharris of Mansfield)
4. James Rokeby of Weston 'of Newton' (d c1552)
  m. Jane Middleton (dau of Sir William (probably not Geffrey) Middleton of Stockheld)
5. daughter
  m. _ Forrest or Forest of Yorkshire
6. daughter
  m. _ Barton of Yorkshire
7. daughter
  m. _ Duckett or Doket of Westmorland
8. daughter possibly of this generation (or one/two later)
  m. William Lambton of Lambton (a 1575?)

Main source(s): Visitation (John Clay, Yorkshire, Dugdale (1665) + additions, Part 5, 'Rokeby of Moreton (Mortham)', p23+), FMG (vol 2, MS246-7, 'Rokeby', p587+) with input from VCH (Yorkshire, North Riding, vol 1, 'Parishes: Rokeby with Egglestone Abbey') with some support for the lower section from BEB1841 (Rokeby of Skiers), Commoners (vol 4, 'Rokeby of Arthingworth', p667+)
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